Annotation:Bush in Bloom (The)

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X:1 T:Bush in Bloom, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Z:Transcribed by Conor Ward S:Larry Smyth music manuscript collection (Abbeylara, Co. Longford, c. 1900, No. 95) K:G d2 BG AGEF|G2 Bd efge|d2 BG AGED|1 GABA GABc:|2 GABA G2G2|| g2 dg e2 de|g2 bg agef|g2 dg egdg|edef g2 ga| bg g/g/g agef|g2 ge dega|b2 af gfed|e3f gfge||

BUSH IN BLOOM, THE (An Tom Faoi Blat). AKA and see "Boil the Kettle Early," "Bush in Blossom (The)," "Reel (91)." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Malley, O'Neill, Roche): AABB (McDermott). The reel is identical with "Bush in Blossom (The)," printed by Glasgow publisher James S. Kerr (Merry Melodies vol. 4, c. 1880's). The reel was well-established with Irish musicians by at least the turn of the century as "Bush in Bloom," and Kerr gives no indication of its provenance; it may have originated in either country. Researchers Conor Ward and Fr. John Quinn find the tune and title in the c. 1900 music manuscript of Larry Smyth of Abbeylara, Co. Longford, and, as an untitled reel (for which see "Reel (91)") in Book 2 of the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim fiddler and piper biography:Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894).

An early sound recording (1917) can be heard on Columbia Records E4877 by fiddler John Gerrity, who was, at least for a time in the 1920's a resident of Pacific Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., and active as an Irish dance hall musician.

John McFadden

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Hardebeck credits Garryowen, County Limerick, dancer and fiddler biography:Teresa Halpin/Treasa Ní Alpín (1894-1983) as his source [Hardebeck].

Printed sources : - Giblin (Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music), 1928; 47. Hardebeck (A Collection of Jigs and Reels vol. 2), Dublin, 1921; p. 14. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), No. 42, p. 10. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 14, p. 7. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 103. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1242, p. 234. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 515, p. 97. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; p. 58, #144.

Recorded sources : - Columbia E4977 (1917), John Gerrity (Gennet 5003 (78 RPM), Tom Ennis & John Gerrity (1922). Shanachie 79064, Matt Molloy - "Heathery Breeze" (1999).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Hear the 1922 recording by uilleann piper Tom Ennis with John Gerrity at the Internet Archive [2]

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